Linda Shaw is a reporter at The Seattle Times, where she has written about public schools for more than a decade. She has covered everything from the growth of high-stakes testing and the resegregation of Seattle schools to the demise of cursive hand writing. She helped create and edit two Seattle Times School Guides, which analyzed more than 400 Seattle-area public and private schools and received awards from the Education Writers Association, the National Council for Educational Measurement and other organizations. In 2008, the Education Writers Association named her national beat reporter of the year for large newspapers.

She used her fellowship to look deeply at the education initiatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and how the foundation is influencing public schools. Her work was published in The Seattle Times, June 8, 2013:
Gates Foundation Looking to Make Nice to Teachers, first in a series

Shaw is a graduate of Stanford University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She’s worked as a copy editor and editor as well as a reporter, and as a high school student in southern California, led an effort to publish the school’s first – and perhaps last – student evaluation of teachers.